I’m back at it with some more apartment tour posts – DIY style! Today, I wanted to show you how I created this sweet and feminine (with a classic edge) side table out of a $7 garage sale find. I also wanted to introduce the new “home” tab on my blog where you can browse all of my apartment and home decor posts, including my recent piece on how I styled my bedroom.
If you’re a girl on a budget, garage sales and antique fairs will become your best friend! I scored this side table for just $7! Now, let me tell you, you really have to use your imagination when scoping out your furniture culprit. Let me tell you – this thing was ugly to start. However, it is a well-built piece of furniture made entirely of wood and glass, and it has so much character to it! The end result will cost well under $20, and you will not find a $20 table of this quality anywhere unless you get creative!
To begin, this table was a faded, orange tinted wood with dated brass hardware. With a little paint and patience, this table got a whole new life.
How to DIY a Side Table
What You Need:
- Old rag
- Shabby Paint or Rust-Oleum
- Shabby Paint Vax
- All-surface paint or new hardware
- First, wipe off the dust and dirt with an old rag and vinegar.
- Then, take off any hardware it avoid getting paint on it.
- Now, this is normally the step where you’d have to get down and dirty sanding all of the wood, but with the Shabby Paint, you don’t have to! Yes, the Shabby Paint is a bit pricier than other paints, but let me tell you, it is SO WORTH IT! (And totally not sponsored, just a huge fan!) Not only do you not have to sand and prime, but it also lasts much longer than other paints. People rave about this paint and I am now totally one of those people! So, paint away!
- If you don’t have a Shabby Paint retailer near you, Rust-Oleum makes another great option!
- After painting, your project will feel chalky to the touch. To get rid of that texture and seal it up, the Vax is a key step. This also helps preserve your piece for such a long time.
- If you have hardware on your side table, you can either give it a new coat of paint or switch it out with new hardware. I loved the shape of the hardware above, but the dated brass had to go!
And that’s it! It takes a little bit of time and patience, but well-worth saving hundreds of dollars! If you have any questions, feel free to drop them below! Thanks for reading. XO